Woodbine (TTC)

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Woodbine
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg
Woodbine TTC closeup.jpg
Location 991 Woodbine Avenue
Toronto, Ontario,
Canada
Coordinates 43°41′11″N 79°18′46″W / 43.68639°N 79.31278°W / 43.68639; -79.31278Coordinates: 43°41′11″N 79°18′46″W / 43.68639°N 79.31278°W / 43.68639; -79.31278
Platforms side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections BSicon BUS1.svg TTC buses
Construction
Structure type underground
History
Opened 25 February 1966
Traffic
Passengers (2012-13[1]) 13,820
Services
Preceding station   TTC   Following station
toward Kipling
TTC - Line 2 - Bloor-Danforth line.svg Bloor–Danforth
toward Kennedy

Woodbine is a station on the Bloor–Danforth line in Toronto, Canada. The station is at the southwest corner of Woodbine Avenue and Strathmore Boulevard, just north of Danforth Avenue.

The entrance, collector, and bus platform are at street level, the concourse is on the second level, and the subway platforms are on the lower level.

In terms of accessibility, while there are escalators leading from platform level, there is at least one small sub-flight of stairs between it and a second escalator in order to reach the surface. There are no elevators between the track level and the surface, so it is therefore not a wheelchair-accessible station. However, new elevators from street level to concourse and platforms are part of ongoing renovations scheduled for completion in 2017.[2]

History[edit]

Woodbine Station was opened in 1966 as the eastern terminus of the original segment of Bloor-Danforth line. Although the station was a terminus for two years, it was known that this would be temporary, so it was built with outside platforms rather than a single centre platform that would have conveniently served departures from either track.

Disused section of streetcar track on Strathmore Boulevard

The Bloor-Danforth subway line replaced the Bloor streetcar line, which ran from Jane Loop to Luttrell Loop, near the present Jane and Victoria Park stations. With the opening of the subway from Keele to Woodbine in 1966, streetcar service was reduced to a short Bloor route from Jane Loop to Keele station, and a Danforth route from Woodbine station to Luttrell Loop. These portions were in turn eliminated when the subway was extended in 1968 to run from Islington to Warden. However, evidence of the temporary loop at Woodbine station for Danforth streetcars still exists: a single disconnected streetcar track runs west from Cedarvale Avenue along Strathmore Boulevard, curving towards the east end of the station, and an irregular wall in the station's mezzanine indicates the former passage to the streetcar platform.[3] The walled-off section of this passage has been partially converted into a staff room and storage area.[4]

Surface connections[edit]

  • 91A Woodbine to Parkview Hills
91B to Lawrence Avenue
91C to York Mills Road
91D to York Mills via Railside Road

Second exit[edit]

In June 2010 the TTC announced plans to add second exits to 3 subway stations on the Bloor-Danforth line. These exits were recommended after a fire safety audit due to the stations only having one primary means of emergency access/egress.[5]

The planned construction would see a new exit only structure built at surface level on Strathmore Boulevard.[6] In order to build the exits the TTC expropriated residential land and demolished a home on the north-west corner of Woodbine and Strathmore.[7] The decision to do so proved controversial in the neighborhoods affected; although the TTC stated it would review their plan, it ultimately went ahead. Construction is scheduled to finish in the Summer of 2017.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Subway ridership, 2012-2013" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. This table shows the typical number of customer-trips made on each subway on an average weekday and the typical number of customers travelling to and from each station platform on an average weekday. Five stations serve two subways, and so are listed twice, once for each subway 
  2. ^ a b Lito Romano (March 2014). "Woodbine Station Upgrades" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. Retrieved October 2014. 
  3. ^ Liz Clayton (23 Nov 2002). "Ghosts of Toronto's public transit". National Post. Archived from the original on 2012-02-20. Retrieved November 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Abandoned Streetcar Shuttle Connection Passages". Transit Toronto. April 11, 2010. Retrieved November 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.ttc.ca/postings/gso-comrpt/documents/report/f2037/_conv.htm
  6. ^ "Easier Access and Second Exit Design Concept for Woodbine Station" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. June 2, 2010. Retrieved November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Real Estate Acquisitions – TTC Woodbine Station" (PDF). Staff Report. City of Toronto. July 28, 2010. Retrieved November 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Woodbine Station at Wikimedia Commons